|Government||Transitional (U.S Military Support)|
|Currency||Iraqi dinar (IQD)|
|Population||26,783,383 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||Arabic, Kurdish (official in Kurdish regions), Turkmen, Assyrian, Armenian|
|Religion||Muslim 97% (Shi'a 60%-65%, Sunni 32%-37%), Christian or other 3%|
|Time Zone||UTC +3|
Iraq (Arabic: العراق Al-Irāq) is a country in the Middle East. It lies at the north end of the Persian Gulf and has a small (58 km) coastline in the southeast of the country. It is surrounded by Iran to the east, Kuwait to the south, Saudi Arabia to the southwest, Jordan to the west, Syria to the northwest, and Turkey to the north.